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MMC girls trip Unity Christian; now 8-1

Monday, December 27, 2010

MARCUS - The tireless, ever-hustling Erica Dreckman fired in a game-high 23 points and registered six steals to lead the talented Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn girls to a superb 54-44 War Eagle Conference win over traditional Northwest Iowa power Orange City Unity Christian here last week.

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Anna Wilcox of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn takes possession of a rebound and shows she means it as Unity Christian's Carolyn Reinders reacts during the Eagles' big War Eagle Conference victory over Orange City Unity Christian in Marcus last week. The win gives the MMC girls a shiny 8-1 record heading into the holiday break. Photo by Paul Struck
The win sent the MMC girls into the holiday break with a sparkling 8-1 record, the only loss to 9th-ranked Hinton Dec. 17 in a game that wasn't decided until late in the fourth frame.

Kelsey Sears added eight points for the winners, and Reagan McDaniel six, and Anna Wilcox five.

Playing without three-year starter, junior Kayla Foresman, who is out for the season with a knee injury sustained in a game at Granville Spalding Dec. 7, the Eagles have picked up the pace and had several players step up to fill the huge hole left by Foresman's absence.

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Carly Lehnhoff of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn passes to a teammate during her team's War Eagle Conference win over Orange City Unity Christian in Marcus last week. Photo by Paul Struck
Included in that group is junior three-year starter Dreckman, who has put the team on her back with maximum effort on both ends of the court. Reagan McDaniel has come off the bench to replace Foresman, and Anna Wilcox and Carly Lehnhoff also are providing productive minutes off the bench to help the Eagles pick up the slack. All are juniors, which means exciting basketball times for the Eagle faithful the next few years.

MMC sank 23-53 field goals for 43 percent, and connected on 8-17 free throws. Unity Christian was 16-50 from the field for 32 percent, and was 10-21 from the line. MMC was 0-5 for three-pointers, and the Knights 2-16 against a tough MMC defense.

Paxton Visscher led the Knights with 14 points, and Caroline Reinders tallied 13.

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Ridge View's Emily Schiernbeck, left, plays good defense on the ball handler during recent girls basketball action in Schaller. Photo contributed
Dreckman, Sears, and Jalyn Doeden each had three assists, and Dreckman also had two blocked shots.

MMC led at all the breaks, 16-11 after one quarter, 26-25 at halftime, and 42-31 after a big third quarter.

"The girls are playing hard for me said MMC coach Tim Dreckman. "Erica has stepped up her game and all the girls are doing what we ask of them. We want to play up-tempo and push the ball and play tough defense, and we're doing all that. I'm very proud of their effort night in and night out. Anna and Carly really had great games off the bench for us. They're all working very hard."

The MMC teams return to action Jan. 4 to host Remsen St. Mary's in Marcus.



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